The Sony World Photography Awards have revealed the winning snaps of 2021, with the Wildlife Landscape and Environment categories celebrating natural world.
This year it was all creatures great and small, captured by the planet's best photographers.
In third place, going under the microscope was the work of Angel Fitor whose animals fitted within a single drop of water.
Distilled down to the range of 200 to 1,500 microns he captured live plankton and microscopic organisms. Some of the animals in these pictures had never before been documented.
"I have imagined the ocean as a superorganism, with the world's seas as its organs, and its creatures as the tissues that interconnect everything," he said in his submission.
The live micro-organisms were released unharmed back into the sea, he reported.
At the other end of the scale was the second place.
Runner up was the UK's Graeme Purdy whose submission was a wildlife safari of Tanzania's big five.
"With these iconic wild animals, being in close proximity is too dangerous, so you need to be inventive and innovative," said judges. Using wide angles and wireless camera traps, Purdy brought plenty of both to his shots.
A lion and wildebeests caught, up close and in action by hidden wide angle cameras, only seem larger and more majestic.
However, it was Luis Tato who captured scale in a different way.
His photos of a locust swarm in East Africa won the praise of the Sony World Photography judges, who crowned him as Nature and Wildlife category winner 2021.
Photographing the plague of locusts on the Arabian Peninsular, the natural phenomenon is both awesome and tragic as he capered people powerless to stop the insects.
"Covid-19 restrictions have significantly slowed efforts to fight the infestation," he noted.
"Crossing borders has become more difficult, creating delays and disrupting the supply chains of pesticides and products needed to prevent these pests from wiping out vegetation across the region and exposing millions of people to high levels of food insecurity."
Far away in Iceland, the photographer Simone Tramonte captured a different story in his collection Net-zero Transition.
The photos showing how Iceland has harnessed geothermal energy to grow exotic bananas and heat spa pools, they won first place in the environment category.
It might be a surprise to know that most of these space age facilities have been built since the 2008 financial crisis, when the country decided to rethink its reliance on importing coal and gas.
"In a few decades, the country moved away from fossil fuels to producing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources."